Gangtok, July 4 (IPR)
State Pollution Control Board-Sikkim, Forest Environment and Wildlife Management Department (FEWMD), conducted a training programme on Bio-medical Waste Management in coordination with Regional Directorate, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) Shillong, Government of India, on 1st July 2019 at Sidkeong Tulku Hall, Block C’, Forest Secretariat, Deorali-Gangtok.
The programme was chaired by Shri M.L. Srivastava, IFS, Principal Secretary cum PCCF cum Chairperson, State Pollution Control Board (SPCB), FEWMD, Government of Sikkim, in presence of Dr. Gopal Pradhan, Member Secretary, SPCB and other officials and staff of SPCB as well as stakeholders. Shri R.P. Gurung, Scientist ‘D’ from Regional Directorate, CPCB, Shillong was the Resource person for the said programme. The target group of this sensitization programme included, Joint Director (Health Department), Medical Officers (Doctors), Staff Nurse, Lab technician who are actually supervising and handling Bio-medical Waste (BMW) in their respective Health Care Facilities (HCFs).
1st July, 2019 was the first day of sensitization programme on BMW Management Rules, 2016 and it shall be continued till 4th July, 2019 covering all the HCFs of both Government and private sectors of all the four districts of Sikkim.
The welcome speech was delivered by Ms. Kusum Gurung, Joint Director, SPCB.
The Chairperson SPCB Shri M.L. Srivastava, IFS highlighted the importance of each individual’s contribution towards reducing the carbon footprint by managing the Solid Waste and BMW generated in HCFs and safely disposing them. He also informed the house that the esteemed judiciary like Hon’ble National Green Tribunal (NGT) has taken the matter seriously and has given blanket order all over India to properly implement the said rules with a timeline. He also apprised the house that each individual involved is responsible and accountable for the safe disposal of Solid Waste and BMW.
Member Secretary SPCB, Dr. Gopal Pradhan also in his address pointed out that due to poor and ineffective implementation of the said rule since its notification from 1998, the various amendments were carried out during 2016 and NGT has given specific direction to all the states in India to properly & effectively implement the said rule. He added this training programme aims to provide technical and legal inputs for effective management of BMW in conformity with the standing statutory provisions.
The inaugural session ended with vote of thanks by Executive Environment Engineer, Mr. Ranjan Rai, SPCB.